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Thursday, August 2, 2012


With yummy new potatoes on market stands, it's time to fill the fridge with salad! Here are three of our family-favorite potato salads...
TANGY WARM GERMAN POTATO SALAD >>>INGREDIENTS: *4 pounds potatoes (about 12 ) *10 slices bacon *2 medium onions, chopped *2/3 cups vinegar *2/3 cups sugar *2/3 cups water *2 teaspoons celery seed *Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste >>>DIRECTIONS: Preheat oven to 300°. Boil potatoes in their skins. Fry bacon until crisp and remove from pan. Cook onion in bacon drippings until translucent. Peel potatoes and cut into bite-sized pieces. Crumble bacon over potatoes. Heat bacon drippings, onion, vinegar, sugar, water and celery seed until boiling. Pour over hot potatoes. Make sure liquid and potatoes are very hot when mixed together. Mix well. Add salt & pepper to taste. Place potato mixture in a pan and bake, uncovered for 30 minutes. ************************************* SWEET POTATO SALAD >>>INGREDIENTS: *16 medium sweet potatoes (about 3 ½ pounds) *2 cups white wine vinegar *1 cup vegetable oil *4 tablespoons honey *3 garlic cloves, minced *1 teaspoon salt *½ teaspoon ground pepper *2 teaspoon grated orange peel *1 teaspoon fresh thyme, chopped *2 medium onions, halved and thinly sliced *2 medium green peppers, julienned *4 medium firm apples, chopped >>>DIRECTIONS: In a large saucepan, cook sweet potatoes in boiling salted water just until tender, about 20 minutes. Cool completely. While potatoes are cooking, in a small bowl, combine vinegar, vegetable oil, honey, garlic, salt, pepper, orange peel, and thyme and set aside. Peel potatoes and cut in half lengthwise and then into 1/4-inch slices. In a large bowl, combine the sweet potatoes, onion, green peppers, and apples. Add dressing and gently toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate for at least 3 hours. ******************************************* TIP: My son's FAVORITE - A SUPER-QUICK way to make a delicious sweet and tangy potato salad: Mix together equal parts "Cattleman's Carolina Tangy Gold BBQ sauce" and mayonnaise, dress over peeled, cooked, cooled diced potatoes.

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